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Supplication - Russian River Brewing Company

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4,417 Ratings
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Ratings: 4,417
Reviews: 1,304
rAvg: 4.57
pDev: 8.97%
Wants: 2,065
Gots: 1,328 | FT: 82
Brewed by:
Russian River Brewing Company visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
American Wild Ale |  7.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
Brown Ale aged in used Pinot Noir barrels from local Sonoma County wineries. It is aged for about 12 months with sour cherries, brettanomyces, lactobacillus, and pediococcus added to each barrel. Flavors from the cherries, Pinot Noir and oak balance each other nicely with a little funk from the brett.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 02-25-2005)
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jmdrpi

Pennsylvania

2.88/5  rDev -37%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

375ml corked and caged bottle. batch 04x1, which according to the brewer's website was brewed in 12/08, bottled in 12/09. So about 9 months since bottling.
pop the cork to a nice hiss and release of fog, just like champagne. poured into a goblet carefully to leave behind the yeast sediment. the color is a shiny orange brown, with red highlights. nice thin creamy head, that leaves great lacing all down the glass. smell is of sour cherries, with a little funkiness. taste is extremely tart cherry that puckers the lips, and lingering well into the aftertaste. as it warms, a little oak and vanilla briefly appears amongst the overpowering sour flavor. very little sweetness to balance the vinegar acidic taste. mouthfeel is nice, higher carbonation is bubbly but smooth.
for the extremely high price, and the unbalanced flavor, can't say this has a very high drinkability. I've tried a few "sours" in the past (ie. Duchesse DeBourgogne and Monk's Cafe Flemish) and enjoyed them, but this one is just too much for my liking.

Serving type: bottle

08-31-2010 02:55:24 | More by jmdrpi
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coreyfmcdonald

Georgia

2.88/5  rDev -37%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

375ml bottle into a tall tulip, batch 005x4

A: Pours a clear dark amber color with a finger of dense white head. Good retention.

S: Intense lactic and acetic sourness with faint sour cherry in the background. The lactic and acetic nature is balanced, but a bit over the top. Not much else.

T: The sourness is toned down from the aroma, but it's still pretty strong. The sour cherry is very faint in the flavor. There honestly isn't a whole lot going on in this beer.

M: Medium mouthfeel with faint carbonation.

O: Not great - I don't really understand the praise for this beer. It's not terrible, but it reminds me of everything I don't like about AWAs. Overly sour with little complexity.

Serving type: bottle

09-29-2012 23:32:53 | More by coreyfmcdonald
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Ptzy13

New Jersey

3/5  rDev -34.4%

12-25-2013 14:42:35 | More by Ptzy13
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Travcofarms

Pennsylvania

3/5  rDev -34.4%

11-08-2013 16:45:30 | More by Travcofarms
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EgadBananas

Louisiana

3/5  rDev -34.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

Fair complected, with a light head and nice lacing.

Aroma is rather puckering sour, funky, tart, slightly spicy, green apple tart/sweetness.

Lip pucking sour, bitter, tart cherries and green apples, semi sweet.

Medium bodied, on the light side though, with light carbonation.

The sour for me is overwhelming and makes this very difficult to put away. I've been working in some sour beers to get accustomed, but this is still a bit much for me.

Serving type: bottle

01-23-2011 19:21:01 | More by EgadBananas
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beerbtl

California

3/5  rDev -34.4%

06-23-2013 19:35:16 | More by beerbtl
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spamages

Michigan

3/5  rDev -34.4%

12-29-2011 21:35:47 | More by spamages
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projhex

California

3/5  rDev -34.4%

11-15-2011 21:09:41 | More by projhex
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Brent619

California

3/5  rDev -34.4%

05-27-2014 22:56:29 | More by Brent619
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CanConPhilly

Pennsylvania

3/5  rDev -34.4%

12-15-2012 20:52:44 | More by CanConPhilly
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Jotora

Ontario (Canada)

3/5  rDev -34.4%

01-08-2014 21:25:35 | More by Jotora
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VIPbeer

New York

3/5  rDev -34.4%

03-02-2012 14:54:08 | More by VIPbeer
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HitchSlap

Florida

3/5  rDev -34.4%

05-12-2014 15:18:22 | More by HitchSlap
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treznor

North Carolina

3/5  rDev -34.4%

05-06-2014 18:28:42 | More by treznor
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Nichols33

Massachusetts

3/5  rDev -34.4%

04-23-2014 21:11:12 | More by Nichols33
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GG_80

Michigan

3/5  rDev -34.4%

10-03-2013 21:30:30 | More by GG_80
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BlackNote

Michigan

3/5  rDev -34.4%

07-29-2013 19:56:58 | More by BlackNote
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cwelsh55

Pennsylvania

3/5  rDev -34.4%

06-21-2013 03:47:00 | More by cwelsh55
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aclark44

Minnesota

3/5  rDev -34.4%

03-03-2012 02:29:31 | More by aclark44
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charlzm

California

3.05/5  rDev -33.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Consumed Saturday, January 7 2012 at Blue Palms Brewhouse, Hollywood, CA in a snifter.

The beer is a clear dark Amber with a fine white head of very modest height.

No aroma at all. Odd.

Flavor is slightly sweet, peachy before the sourness kicks in. Somewhere between tart and unbearable, it is long lasting and fairly well- moderated. The finish is lightly bitter. Overall, fairly straightforward and lacking in complexity.

Mouthfeel is unremarkable.

Relatively drinkable.

Not a big fan.

Serving type: on-tap

01-14-2012 18:03:21 | More by charlzm
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etaggie09

Texas

3.15/5  rDev -31.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

appearance: pours a cloudy brown with a two finger foamy white head that dissipates moderately. not very much lacing on the glass.

nose: bottle says that its aged in pinot noir barrels and has cherries added to it. i definitely smell both of those things. has a definite wine characteristic to it as well as a fruity cherry sweetness in the nose. smells exactly like a cherry pie. instantly brings thanksgiving to mind. that's my favorite holiday. you're cheating, supplication. it not only smells like cherries, but it has that buttery dough smell that is quite pleasant. a slight, slight belgian yeast spiciness is in the background, but it is quite subdued. This really just smells like a freshly baked cherry pie. There isn't much else, but it is amazing how much this smells like a real cherry pie.

taste: UGH! That is some sour ass shit! Tastes like the tiniest grape you ever ate mixed with hay and moldy parmesan cheese rind. I don't want any more of this. The second sip is a little more forgiving than the first, but it still is freaking sour! Why is this beer so freaking highly rated? Who seriously looks for these flavors in a beer? I mean it gets more tolerable the more you drink it, but holy crap that first sip was not very pleasant.

mouthfeel: moderately carbonated and fairly viscous. not watery at all, but not too thick. the mouthfeel is quite pleasant and I'd imagine it is quite spot on for the style.

overall: i have found a style of beer that i have zero interest in exploring. I imagine that some beer geeks out there will love this, but for me, a sour ale is just not something i'll ever want. the flavor is decent, but not all too complex, and it is not very refreshing at all either. Glad I tried the best of the sour ales before I wasted my time with any other ones. This just isn't my cup of tea.

Serving type: bottle

09-28-2011 01:36:43 | More by etaggie09
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thomascj

New York

3.25/5  rDev -28.9%

09-20-2013 19:02:58 | More by thomascj
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Lorianneb

New Jersey

3.25/5  rDev -28.9%

05-12-2013 18:10:31 | More by Lorianneb
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Fitzpat4

California

3.25/5  rDev -28.9%

07-16-2014 21:42:03 | More by Fitzpat4
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sansho

California

3.25/5  rDev -28.9%

02-06-2013 04:11:24 | More by sansho
Supplication from Russian River Brewing Company
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